Discover Bristol
Haffenreffer Museum
Artifacts from native people



Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology
Tower Street, off Route 136, 401-253-8388. Located on Mt Hope Grant, the traditional lands of the Wampanoag peoples, the museum is a treasure trove of fascinating artifacts from the native peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Brown University's only major museum, the Haffenreffer offers public lectures, performances, symposia, festivals, and much more. A gift shop is open during museum hours. Educational programs and guided tours are available. Open Saturdays and Sundays, September through May, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June through August, Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, $1 for children 12 and under and free for members.

Bristol Statehouse/Courthouse
240 High Street (Box 383), 401-253-0015. Located on the edge of Town Common, this 1816 Federal-style stone building is reputed to be the work of architect Russell Warren. From 1817 to 1852, it served as one of the five state houses used by the Rhode Island General Assembly, when the Governors and State Senators rotated through the five counties of Rhode Island, hearing cases and upholding the law. It was converted to a courthouse, in use until 1980. The Bristol Statehouse Foundation bought the property in 1996, and has spent $1.2 million renovating it to its original condition. The first floor houses a school library for the adjacent elementary schools, while the second floor courtroom has been restored to its original 19th century grandeur, where periodic court reenactments, plays and public gatherings are held. Call for hours and more information.
Next >

© 2002 East Bay Newspapers